OF­FI­CER KILLED IN VA­LEN­CIA AS­SAS­SIN HUNT

A deputy po­lice in­spec­tor was stabbed to death Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter lo­cat­ing the main mur­der sus­pect of a case that was cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Costa Levante News - - FRONT PAGE - By Joe Wick­man jwick­man@cb­news.es

THE CAS­CADE of events started when Va­len­cia po­lice of­fi­cers re­ceived a call by a con­cerned cit­i­zen just af­ter mid­night on Tues­day, who had found a suit­case with a ‘sus­pi­cious lump’.

Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived at Avenida Peris y Valero soon af­ter to in­ves­ti­gate. One of the of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered in hor­ror that the suit­case con­tained a body, with no head or limbs, with the torso, with knife wounds, in a plas­tic bag.

Sci­en­tific Po­lice and Homi­cide units were im­me­di­ately charged with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, while Na­tional Po­lice looked for pos­si­ble wit­nesses.

Within a cou­ple of hours, the for­mer were able to trace the ori­gin of the suit­case back to Calle Sueca thanks to a barely vis­i­ble trail of blood that had been drip­ping onto the ground, so re­in­force­ments were called in as they pro­ceeded to en­ter the premises to in- ter­ro­gate po­ten­tial crim­i­nals that could be found therein. Fur­ther­more, the Na­tional Po­lice of­fi­cers had also man­aged to lo­cate a per­son who claimed to have seen a man leav­ing the build­ing dur­ing the night, drag­ging a heavy-look­ing suit­case along.

How­ever, be­fore backup ar­rived, the homi­cide unit en­coun­tered a large man who was walk­ing down the stairs car­ry­ing two ruck­sacks. As soon as he re­alised they were po­lice­men in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crime, he pulled a knife from un­der his clothes and re­peat­edly stabbed the near­est of­fi­cer, in­flict­ing a fa­tal wound to his chest be­fore be­ing gunned down by another of the unit’s spe­cial­ists.

The of­fi­cer, 51-year-old deputy in­spec­tor Blas Gámez, was treated with emer­gency CPR soon af­ter by ex­perts from the near­est SAMU am­bu­lance, but noth­ing could be done to save his life, and he passed away in front of his shocked peers. He was a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­pert who had ac­cu­mu­lated 83 of­fi­cial con­grat­u­la­tions and three medals for his po­lice work over the years.

Mem­bers of the Sci­en­tific Po­lice unit dis­cov­ered fur­ther proof inside the house which pointed to the man they en­coun­tered as the orig­i­nal killer, who was soon iden­ti­fied as a 34-yearold Swedish man. The ruck­sacks he had with him con­tained clothes that had just been cleaned and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­pers of the man whose body had been found in the suit­case.

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